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Thailand to make tourists use traceable SIM cards

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A Chinese tourist takes a picture at Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Foreign tourists in Thailand will be required to use a special SIM card for their mobile phones that could be used to track their movements during their stay, the telecom regulator said on Tuesday.

This SIM card has been specially programmed to transmit information about its whereabouts once it is inserted in the phone. This function cannot be turned off when the SIM is in use.

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